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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
  Hulu ordered  an anthology series based on North American Lake Monsters, a collection of stories by Nathan Ballingrud. The first season of the series, created, written and executive produced by Mary Laws (Preacher) and produced by Annapurna Television, will consist of 8 episodes.  
 
Sallie Patrick is stepping down as showrunner for the CW’s Dynasty reboot. Co-executive producer Josh Reims has been promoted to EP and will take the reins for season three. 
 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: May 24-26
Aladdin (BV)
$86.1 million, opening weekend
John Wicke – Chapter 3: Parabellum (LG/S) $24.4 million (week 2), cume revenue$101.0 million
Avengers End Game (BV) $16.8 (week 5), cume revenue $798.2 million
Pokeman: Detective Pikachu (WB) $13.3 million (week 3), cume revenue $116.2 million
Brightburn (SGem) $7.5 million, opening weekend
Booksmart (UAR) $6.5 million, opening weekend
A Dog’s Journey (Universal) $4.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $14.9 million
The Hustle (UAR) $3.8 million (week 3), cume revenue $9.3 million
The Intruder (SGem) $2.3 million (week 4), cume revenue $31.9 million
Long Shot (LG/S) $1.6 million (week 4), cume revenue $28.7 million
Source: Comscore
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Lifetime’s Marrying Millions, which follows the relationships of couples where one partner is wealthy and the other is not, launches Wednesday, July 10 at 10p.
 
National Geographic’s The Hot Zone follows the story of the Ebola threat, and the people who heroically contained it. EVP of Global Scripted Programming and Documentary Films, Carolyn Bernstein, talks about the evolution of the limited series, continuing tonight at 8p, in Cynsiders.
 
HBO’s Divorce is back for season three on Monday, July 1. The Sarah Jessica Parker drama got a six-episode order in November.
 
 
TECH TALK
 
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Starting June 25, support for the Xfinity On Demand app will end on TiVo. “The current platform connecting your TiVo to Xfinity On Demand runs on an out-of-date technology that cannot be upgraded or updated,” said Comcast. The companies have skirmished over a patent dispute since a licensing deal expired in 2016; TiVo most recently filed a patent complaint against Comcast earlier this month.
 
Best Buy canceled pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Fold phone. While the retailer called the device “one of the most beautiful pieces of mobile engineering in a long time” on its customer support page, “a plethora of unforeseen hiccups” led to the cancellation call. The phone’s release date has been delayed since design flaws were noted by early reviewers.
 
Facebook drew criticism for not taking down (as YouTube did) a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made it appear she was slurring her words at an event. Facebook reviewers did acknowledge the video as false, and the social media giant reduced its distribution and added an explanatory article in news feeds where it appeared,
 
 
COMING UP
 
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night episodes return for the 12th consecutive year during prime time every night of the NBA Finals, beginning with Game One on Thursday, May 30. Guests include Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Jennifer Aniston, Chadwick Boseman (21 Bridges), Jamie Foxx, Spider Man Tom Holland, LL Cool J (Lip Sync Battle) and Adam Sandler.
 
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DIGITAL DATA
 
The International Trade Commission agreed to investigate a complaint filed by Rovi’s covering patents related to Comcast’s X1 platform. “For more than a decade, Comcast partnered with Rovi to enable its customers to watch what they want, when they want on TV,” said Arvin Patel, EVP and chief intellectual property officer at Rovi. “However, because Comcast refuses to pay licensing fees to use our technology, its customers are being charged more for fewer features, including no access to critical DVR features.” Comcast called the litigation attempt “meritless.”
 
As Disney, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal prepare to launch new streaming services, Hub Research released it Best Bundle survey, in which 24% of respondents said they felt they had too many online TV subscriptions. That’s up from 14% in 2018. But while one third of those surveyed said they would drop at least one subscription before adding a new one, 64% said they’d keep all their subs even if they add a new service.
 
 
MEASUREMENT
 
Among challenges that need to be overcome to achieve a unified measurement approach is inertia, says George Musi, EVP of Marketing Sciences for Publicis OneTeam – Citi, and  a featured speaker at the Cynopsis Measurement & Data Conference . Other challenges, notes Musi, include:
*Impact on resources, cost of doing business and changes in process and systems
*The debate over what a new ad impression standard should represent – just exposure or impact on a business outcome
*The question of whether true ad duration can be measured and should the quality of exposure be the same for each platform
*How will this impact proprietary measures which many want to preserve
*The word currency may be too rigid for some who believe that different media require different measures
*The adoption of co-viewing impression— whether more than one person was in the room to see an ad on a single screen
Musi will be speaking on the panel, “Taking it In-House: How Brands Are Measureing and Interpreting Data Themselves” at the June 11 event.
 
Dave Morgan, CEO Simulmedia, made headlines recently when he resigned from the board of the ARF, citing the need for bolder action in fixing ad measurement.  According to Morgan, “We do not have a trusted way to measure the basics of impression reach and frequency across channels, even just the big media channels like linear TV, digital banners, digital video and radio.” He shares his views to clarify his position in Cynsiders.
 
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
ABC Studios International and Endemol Shine are teaming for an adaptation of coming-of-age novel Goodwood for Australia’s ABC. Alice Bell and Claudia Karvan will produce.
 
Netflix ordered its first Egyptian drama, an adaptation of Ahmed Khaled’s Paranormal. Suspense series is set in the 1960s.
 
Sky Atlantic ordered season three of crime thriller Riviera, starring Julia Styles.
 
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RATINGS
 
Boosted by the special This is Farrah FawcettABC was Thursday’s most-watched network (4.8 million) and ranked #1 with A18-49 (0.6/3-tie).
 
The finale of MTV’s The Challenge: War of the Worlds delivered 1.04 million viewers and a 1.0 rating among A18-49, the series’ best since 2013.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Thursday, May 23, 2019 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
ABC: 4.81
This Is Farrah Fawcett 5.84, Shark Tank 2.76
CBS: 4.77 million
Young Sheldon 5.26, Young Sheldon 5.37, Mom 4.68, Life in Pieces 4.48, Elementary 4.08
NBC: 2.13 million
Red Nose Day 2.22, Hollywood Game Night 2.04
Telemundo: 1.34
Poquito Tuyo .98, Betty en NY 1.29, La Reina del Sur 1.76
FOX: 1.25 million
Paradise Hotel 1.09
CW: 560,000
iZombie 0.69, In the Dark 0.60.

TV Time’s Shows on the Rise for the Week of May 20
WHAT/IF (Netflix) – 100%
She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix) – 96.2%
Slasher (Netflix) – 96.1%
White Gold (BBC Two) – 64.8%
It’s Bruno! (Netflix) – 63.0%
Catch-22 (Hulu) – 59.6%
Chernobyl (HBO) – 56.6%
Kuroko’s Basketball (MBS) – 53.5%
Elementary (CBS) – 52.6%
Fleabag (BBC Three) – 43.8%
Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.
 
Thursday A18-49 Ratings: ABC 0.6/3, CBS 0.6/3, TELE 0.5/2, NBC 0.4/2, FOX 0.4/2, CW 0.2/1
 


This Day in History: 1972 – Bugging equipment was installed at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building.   
 
Answer to our last trivia question: Which M*A*S*H spinoff was never picked up, but had its pilot episode air as a  CBS special? W*A*L*T*E*R (1984), starring Gary Burghoff as Walter “Radar” O’Reilly. Kudos to: Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/Cannes, Jerry Maffia-PMC/NYC, Pete Hazell-Discovery Communications Europe/London, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Andrew Goldman-Fathom Events/NYC, Charles Lore/NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/NYC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Tom Boyd-WGN-TV/Chicago, David Prinz von Teck/Spokane, WA, Brian Robin-Pechanga Resort Casino/Temecula, CA
 
Today’s Trivia Question: Who was the first winner of The Celebrity Apprentice?  (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: A limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.).
 
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Resp. for dev/implementing media proposals and working directly with Acct Execs. and Pricing & Planning. College deg. & 1+ yrs cable exp. in ad sales ind.  Strong Microsoft Office & DealMaker skills a +. Good comm, interpersonal & organzt’l skills. 

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MARKETING MGR/CLEAR CHANNEL OUTDOOR/NYC: work closely w/sales team to develop and lead dynamic media presentations to grow our client partnerships across the NE region NY specific. 3-5 yrs mktg and/or Advertising experience. Media experience preferred. Full info and apply HERE (6/11)

WRITER
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Write daily articles for PCA’s website on E! Online. Voting preparation in coord w/mktg on categories, celebs selection, voting tool entry & updating nominee’s lists. Min 1yr prior writing and/or editing exp pref an online ent news org. Strong knwldg pop culter ent news. Full info HERE
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MEDIA MGR, NATIONAL ACCOUNTS/Ad Council/NYC: Responsible for building/managing relationships w/existing & potential media partners that will help us drive impact for Ad Council’s 40+ social impact campaigns. Prospect new business w/a focus on growth areas such as streaming audio, OTT & new video platforms etc. Full info/apply HERE (6/6)

 
SALES PLANNER/UP TV/NYC: Resp. for dev/implementing media proposals and working directly with Acct Execs. and Pricing & Planning. College deg. & 1+ yrs cable exp. in ad sales ind.  Strong Microsoft Office & DealMaker skills a +. Good comm, interpersonal & organzt’l skills. Send Resume: HERE (6/6)


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/GSN/SM: 8+ yrs. Active Directory, Azure, VMWare, Veeam, Office 365, Power Shell, OS: Server 2012, 2016, Windows 10, Mac OS, Storage Area Networks, telephony, network routing, and switching, OS and network security. Lead and mentor other Engineers and IT staff. Full info and to apply HERE (6/5)

 
PROJECT MANAGER/WideOrbit/NYC: Partner closely w/clients, overseeing large, complex implementation projects. 5+ yrs exp managing/delivering enterprise software or IT projects, Media indstry exp, Knwldg of proposal & inv mngmnt systems used by nat’l cable networks is highly desirable. Full info HERE (6/5)

FREELANCE STRATEGIC PLANNING & OPS COORDINATOR/Nickelodeon Velocity/NY: Support VP in all strategic planning ops, communications & training initiatives for Nick team that dvlps custom mktg campaigns for Advertising partners. Proactive/strategic thinker with excellent comm skills. 2-4 yrs of mktg or strategy plan’g exp. Full info HERE (6/4)

INVENTORY & PLANNING MGR/Katz Networks (Bounce, Court TV, Escape, Grit, Laff, Brown Sugar) /NYC: Support VP, Pricing, Planning and Inventory w/all things related to inventory & managing the day to day business processes & sales assistants & planners. Min 5-7 yrs exp including; sales planner exp and/or Inventory mngmnt and commercial operations. Full info HERE (6/4)

SALES DIRECTORS/VideoAmp/NY/LA/Chicago: Experts needed to identify opportunity, articulate value & close deals that deliver value to clients & VideoAmp a must. Dedication to value-based solution selling & delivering value for clients. Exceptional track rec for breaking into & building major acct relationships. Full info HERE (5/31)

AD SALES ASSISTANT/Weather/NYC: Provide support to Ad Sales Acct Execs to srvc clients, and all aspects of media schedules. Extremely detail oriented w/orgnzt’l skills to keep efficient work sched. BS or 2 yrs exp. req. Full info HERE (5/31)

BRAND DIRECTOR/NBC 7 & TELEMUNDO/San Diego: Ensure all platforms are consistent with the overall voice and tone of our stations’ images. BA deg or equivalent work exp. Min 5 yrs of mktg, brand development, or creative prod exp. Working knowledge of editing platforms, final cut pro. Full info HERE (5/31)

SALES ASSISTANT DIRECT RESPONSE/OPPORTUNITY MEDIA/NYC/LI: Seeking an energetic achiever w/excellent written & organizational skills for role to assist in supporting growing revenue for dynamic DR Team: BA Degree, Min 2 yrs DR Experience req.  Wide Orbit Knowledge a + Full info HERE (5/31)

CBS SPORTS SENIOR WRITER/PRODUCER, ON-AIR PROMOTION/NYC: Write/produce all wkly promos for CBS Sports with particular knowledge of NFL, College Football, NCAA BB Tournament, PGA & the Masters. Pressure player with superior conceptual skills. Min 7 yrs exp as promo producer req’d. Full info HERE (5/30)

VP, TV SALES & SPONSORSHIP/Stadium/Chicago: Nat’l sports network seeks VP resp to drive new business rev & dvlp sponsorship prgrms by working w/clients & agencies. Leverage expertise & network to capitalize on linear-specific opps. 10+ yrs exp rev dvlpmnt w/progressively resp roles focused on integrated sponsorship. Full info HERE (5/30)

SR DIRECTOR, DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS/Viacom/NYC: Lead ops for new media and linear distribution, act as SME and thought leader across all brands. 5+ yrs leadership and ops exp within media or technology industry. Full info HERE (5/30)

TALENT COORDINATOR/INSP/CHARLOTTE NC: Multi-tasking dynamo w/strong orgnzt’l skills to support team in optimizing celeb appearances. Mng travel plans incl setting up logistics for principal photography, promotional events, media tours & talent interviews. 2 yrs exp in a leadership or management role. Full info HERE (5/30)


PROJECT MGR, SHORT FORM, SOCIAL & INTERACTIVE CONTENT
/Nickelodeon/NYC: Resp for the project management of the work created for the Nickelodeon brand social, YouTube & interactive content platforms. Min 2-4 yrs project mngmnt or related operational or prod exp in media or related field req’d. Full info HERE (5/29)

DIR, DISTRIBUTION/Nexstar Media/Irving TX: Resp for managing relationship & contract negotiations with Nexstar Media’s valued Multichannel Video Prgrmng Dist (MVPD). Able to mng full scope of acct mngmnt & affiliate sales processes. 8+yrs of affil sales & negotiation exp in the cable and TV industry, incl acct mngmnt exp. Proven track rec delivering results. Full info HERE (5/29)

 
AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT MGR/Frederator Digital/NYC: Proven track record as dig producer resp for oversight of the Frederator Digital, channel, and show brands incl maintaining on brand identity and delivering on brand promises. 4-6 yrs of aud development and/or digital mktg exp. Full info HERE (5/29)

 
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY MAY 28
CBS: NCIS, NCIS, Blood & Treasure  
CW: The Flash, The 100
FOX: MasterChef, MasterChef
NBC: America’s Got Talent [p], Songland [p]
PBS: American Experience, Frontline
Telemundo: Un Poquito Tuyo, Betty en NY, La Reina del Sur
Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, Silvia Pinal, Frente a ti, Por Amar Sin Ley
 
 

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